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Red Balloon, The

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Anne McGinty

Anne McGinty

General Info

Year: 1993
Duration: c. 2:55
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Queenwood / Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts - $35.00   |   Score Only - $3.50


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Cornets/Trumpets I-II
Horn in F/ Tenor Saxophone (optional)
Low Brass and Woodwinds
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Claves
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


In Parts:

  • Percussion, Suspended Cymbal, m. 81, beat 1: Take off tremolo

Program Notes

Inspired by a painting the composer once saw of an old man with a small child holding a red balloon, this descriptive piece is both evocative and moving. The music depicts the balloon floating in air.

-Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class C
  • Georgia: II
  • Iowa: II
  • Kansas: II
  • Louisiana: II
  • Maryland: II
  • Michigan: Junior High D
  • North Carolina: III
  • Ohio: OMEA Junior High School Band B
  • South Carolina: II
  • Texas: II. Complete
  • Virginia: III
  • West Virginia: II


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Messiah University (Mechanicsburg, Penn.) Symphonic Winds (Travis Weller conductor) - 12 April 2022
  • University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg) Symphonic Band (Julia Balmanis, conductor) - 27 February 2021
  • Woodcreek High School (Roseville, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Brad North, conductor) – 8 May 2019
  • Encuentro de Bandas Juveniles de Selección de N.L. (Monterrey, Mexico) (Daniel Marines, conductor) - 22 April 2018
  • University of Louisville Community Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 20 February 2018
  • Glencoe-Silver Lake (Minn.) 7/8 Band (Hasenfeffer, conductor) - 2013
  • Austin Peay State University Symphonic Band (John Schnettler, conductor) - 19 April 2012
  • SIS (Summerside, PEI) Grade 9 Concert Band (Peter Gallant, Conductor) - May 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Anne McGinty website Accessed 12 September 2021
  • McGinty, A. (1993). The Red Balloon [score]. Queenwood Publications: [United States]
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 225-233.
  • Rudgers, Gregory B. The Red Balloon. MBM Times, Issue 6 (2012), 54.